Author: Laura Falin

Laura is a freelance writer in Colorado. She has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves hiking, paddle boarding, camping, and snowboarding, and she has run exactly one marathon. She now lives in Littleton, Colorado with her husband and four children. They love exploring the state and the rest of the U.S., usually by car, and they are pros at 20-hour road trips.
Where to Stay in Durango CO (Best Places & Areas in 2023)

Where to Stay in Durango CO (Best Places & Areas in 2023)

I’m a Colorado local with solid advice on where to stay in Durango!  There are so many things to do in Durango, and fortunately, plenty of available lodging. This mountain town has historic hotels and B&Bs, along with modern hotels and motels at all price points. In this guide, I suggest several of the best…

15 Best Denver Tea Houses in 2023 (By a Local)

15 Best Denver Tea Houses in 2023 (By a Local)

I’m sure you’ve heard the news, but there are some amazing Denver tea houses. Whether you’re into spots with grand architecture, savory mini sandwiches, or just an old-fashioned perfectly-steeped tea, there is a tea house in Denver for you. Although I’m a die-hard coffee drinker, I love heading to Denver tea houses. There’s something about…

19 Best Denver Suburbs for 2023 (By a Local)

19 Best Denver Suburbs for 2023 (By a Local)

I’ve lived in a suburb of Denver for years, and in this guide, I’ll share the absolute best Denver suburbs.  Some suburbs of Denver are close to the mountains, some have high-ranking private schools, and some have affordable homes. Regardless of your priorities, there’s a great option for you near the Mile High City. 19…

21 Colorado Ghost Towns Where You Can Experience the Wild West

21 Colorado Ghost Towns Where You Can Experience the Wild West

I’m a Colorado local, and in this guide, I share the 21 best ghost towns in Colorado. The state is famed for its gold rush era, and while some mining towns became tourist destinations, others died out as quickly as they sprang up. Experiencing the state’s Wild West past is one of the best things…

13 Best Day Trips from Fort Collins (in 2023)

13 Best Day Trips from Fort Collins (in 2023)

In this post I’ll found up the best day trips from Fort Collins. This guide covers exciting city attractions, mountain towns, outdoor activities, and so much more. I even share a trip across state lines, where you’ll find Wild West fun and a record-breaking rodeo.  13 Best Fort Collins Day Trips Rocky Mountain National Park…

37 Denver Date Ideas for Every Occasion (By a Local)

37 Denver Date Ideas for Every Occasion (By a Local)

Denver is a great town for date nights! The city is full of sports teams, museums, concert venues, and so many more fun things to do.  As a long-time local, I have Denver date ideas for every couple. Whether you’re planning a first date, excited for a night out without kids, or you’re empty nesters…

4 Best Outlet Malls in Colorado in 2023 (By a Local)

4 Best Outlet Malls in Colorado in 2023 (By a Local)

Wondering where the best outlet malls in Colorado are? Well, there aren’t many anymore! I’m not sure whether it’s because times are a-changing or if the pandemic caused closures (probably both), but the Colorado outlets are dwindling in number. One popular outlet, The Outlets at Loveland, appears to be the most recent casualty. But don’t…

Colorado Gifts (24 Gift Ideas They’ll Love)

Colorado Gifts (24 Gift Ideas They’ll Love)

I’m a Colorado local and in this guide, I share Colorado gifts for a variety of recipients. This post covers unique travel gift ideas, ideas for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, families, and really just anyone with Colorado pride. If you prefer Colorado experience gifts, I also overview gift cards and passes to Denver attractions, national parks,…

3 Day Denver Itinerary (Pre-Planned By a Local)

3 Day Denver Itinerary (Pre-Planned By a Local)

I’m a local here to make your trip planning easy with this 3-day Denver itinerary! Just follow this well-rounded itinerary. It includes stops at several of the Denver’s top attractions, and a step-by-step guide for what to do each day. There is even a bonus day to use in case you’re visiting during bad weather….

‘Blucifer’ | What’s the Story with DIA’s Blue Mustang?

‘Blucifer’ | What’s the Story with DIA’s Blue Mustang?

I’m a local who loves “Blucifer,” the freaky, famous blue mustang outside Denver International Airport. The Blucifer Blue Mustang sculpture is one of the city’s more alarming public art works and impossible to miss as you drive along Peña Boulevard. With red glowing eyes, many find this Horse of the Apocalypse unsettling, and the history behind…

Denver International Airport (A Local’s Guide & History)

Denver International Airport (A Local’s Guide & History)

If you’re planning a trip to Colorado, there’s a very good chance you’ll be landing at the Denver International Airport. DIA is the biggest airport in Colorado, and the second-biggest by land area in the world. Hundreds of thousands of flights go in and out of Den Airport each year. I’m a Colorado local, and…

13 Colorado Airports (Map, Direct Connections & Local Guide)

13 Colorado Airports (Map, Direct Connections & Local Guide)

I’m a Colorado local and in this guide, I overview all 13 Colorado airports, the airlines available at each, and the major cities they service. Although Denver International Airport is the state’s largest airport by a huge margin, there are other Colorado airports that may better suit your needs. Note that in winter, many mountain airports…

Aspen vs Vail vs Breckenridge (Which is Best in 2023?)

Aspen vs Vail vs Breckenridge (Which is Best in 2023?)

If you’re debating Aspen vs. Vail vs. Breckenridge, I’m a local here to help you understand each of these Colorado mountain towns’ pros and cons. All feature fun things to do, lively downtown areas, and some of the best slopes to ski in Colorado.  In this guide, I’ll share information about each town’s accessibility, attractions,…

19 Best Lakes in Colorado for 2023 (By a Local)

19 Best Lakes in Colorado for 2023 (By a Local)

I’m a Denver local who loves exploring the great outdoors, and in this guide, I go over the best lakes in Colorado. These include popular and lesser-known destinations, plus one of my family’s favorite mountain getaways.  From large reservoirs to small alpine lakes, these scenic areas offer countless activities. Discover what to do in the…

12 Epic Colorado National Parks & Monuments (By a Local)

12 Epic Colorado National Parks & Monuments (By a Local)

I’m a Colorado local and in this guide, I share can’t-miss things to do in the 12 best national parks in Colorado, including national monuments and historic sites. Get insights into where to stay in and around the parks, and when to visit for the best experiences.  I go over famous parks, but also lesser-known…

Where to Stay in Pagosa Springs (Best Places & Areas in 2023)

Where to Stay in Pagosa Springs (Best Places & Areas in 2023)

I’m a Colorado local and I’m here to help you figure out where to stay in Pagosa Springs while you experience all the fun things to do in Pagosa Springs. This guide breaks down the town’s different areas, as well as the best hotels in Pagosa Springs for every type of traveler.  Best Places to…

Where to Stay in Evergreen (Best Places & Areas in 2023)

Where to Stay in Evergreen (Best Places & Areas in 2023)

Evergreen is one of Colorado’s best mountain towns and makes for a great getaway from Denver and other nearby cities. From outdoor recreation to downtown dining, shopping, and more, there are plenty of things to do in Evergreen to fill a weekend’s itinerary. I’m a Colorado local and if you’re looking for tips on where…

Where to Stay in Grand Junction (Best Places & Areas, 2023)

Where to Stay in Grand Junction (Best Places & Areas, 2023)

If you’re looking for where to stay in Grand Junction, you’re already on the right track to a great trip. There are just so many fun things to do in Grand Junction. Near this frontier town you’ll find the Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa, and the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. Colorado Mesa University is also…

17 Things to Do in Evergreen, CO (Fun Activities for 2023)

17 Things to Do in Evergreen, CO (Fun Activities for 2023)

Need a break from city life in Denver? With under an hour’s drive, Evergreen provides the perfect escape into the Rocky Mountains.    I’m a Colorado local with insights into the best things to do in Evergreen, CO. You can wander downtown, picnic next to Bear Creek, and experience year-round activities on Evergreen Lake. Whether you’re…

Loveland Pass (Scenic Drive Guide + Key Info)

Loveland Pass (Scenic Drive Guide + Key Info)

Driving Loveland Pass is a great way to experience Colorado’s mountains and views! The road also features several awesome hiking trails and more than one of Colorado’s great ski resorts.  I’m a Colorado local with insights on Loveland Pass history, seasonal activities, and nearby attractions. In this post I’ll tell you everything you need to…

27 Best Things to Do in Leadville, CO (in 2023)

27 Best Things to Do in Leadville, CO (in 2023)

Set in Lake County, Leadville is one of my favorite Colorado gems because it’s quirky and authentic. You won’t find ritzy resorts here, but many comfortable places to stay for a weekend getaway. There are plenty of things to do in Leadville, CO, especially for those who are history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. Leadville museums…

Where to Stay in Leadville (Best Areas & Hotels)

Where to Stay in Leadville (Best Areas & Hotels)

Leadville is a quirky Colorado mining town that’s actually the highest incorporated city in North America! You’ll find lots of fun activities in Leadville, from history museums to outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and more.  Less than 2 hours away, Leadville can be a day trip from Denver, but it’s worth staying overnight if you…

35 Weekend Getaways from Denver (By a Local) 

35 Weekend Getaways from Denver (By a Local) 

As a Denver local, I love this city! One of the things that makes Denver so special is that it’s close to many travel-worthy destinations that make for fun weekend getaways from Denver. You can spend weekends exploring nearby mountain towns, national parks, artsy communities, and much more. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend…

11 Best Places to Go Camping in Colorado (By a Local)

11 Best Places to Go Camping in Colorado (By a Local)

My family and I love to go camping in Colorado! It’s such a fun, inexpensive way to see the state. Families on a budget, young couples, and anyone looking for a cheap vacation can appreciate Colorado camping trips! As a Colorado local, I have so many favorite places to go camping. These include shady, scenic…

25 Colorado Travel Tips & Things to Know (By a Local)

25 Colorado Travel Tips & Things to Know (By a Local)

Colorado is an amazing destination with something for everyone! Whether you want great restaurants and live music or outdoor adventure and stunning scenery, we’ve got it here. I’m a Colorado local, and I’m here to share some Colorado travel tips to make your visit go smoothly. From safety to getting around and can’t-miss things to…

Is Colorado Safe to Travel in 2023? (A Local’s Perspective)

Is Colorado Safe to Travel in 2023? (A Local’s Perspective)

Colorado cities have seen a big influx of people over the past decade. This leaves many travelers wondering, is Colorado safe? It is true that crimes in the state have increased, and both property crime and violent crime rates are above the national average in Colorado. However, visitors can avoid high-crime areas and practice basic…

Where to Stay in Littleton (Best Places & Areas for 2023)

Where to Stay in Littleton (Best Places & Areas for 2023)

If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Littleton, there are several areas to consider around town! I’m a Littleton local, and I’m here to help you figure out where to stay in Littleton. Littleton is a great place to live in Colorado, with plenty of parks and green spaces, along with restaurants,…

21 Best Things to Do in Littleton in 2023 (By a Local)

21 Best Things to Do in Littleton in 2023 (By a Local)

If you’re looking for things to do in Littleton, I’ve got you covered. I’m a Littleton local and I love this little town. You get a distinct small-town feel when you’re on Littleton’s Main Street, but you also get great restaurants, parks, hiking trails, and even a local performing arts theater that puts on some…